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On the first night of the year, our first moon rises. It will be our first full moon and our first supermoon! In fact, tonight's moon will be the biggest, brightest full moon of the entire year! So, basically, that's it for the year. See you in 2018!
But, 2018 actually gets much more interesting. Tonight's full moon occurs only about 4 hours after lunar perigee.
Arctic chill has taken hold of the US and Canada. But, dry air comes along with arctic air, so there will be a lot of clear skies.
This is a very interesting month for full moons. We will have two this January! The second full moon is on January 31.
This will not only be a blue moon, but also a supermoon! The full moon on Jan. 31 occurs less than 24 hours after lunar perigee. It will not be quite as close as the Jan. 1 full moon.
But wait, there's more. The Jan. 31 moon will be eclipsed by the Earth's shadow. This will be the first total eclipse since 2015! But, only some of it will be visible in the U.S.
Happy New Year! Not too many things are free anymore; however, looking at the night sky is still one of those things. Thanks for reading! Just look up, you never know what you will see.
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A crystal clear air mass will bring splendid conditions for stargazers across the East Coast of the U.S. Look for the thin crescent moon near Venus this evening, then the Milky Way later at night.